The quality of the air that you breathe has a large effect on your health and quality of life. Consider how many breaths that you and your family take in your home, every hour, of every day, for years on end. There are many different things in your home that you may be quietly breathing into your lungs that may be having an effect on your health, including allergens such as pollen, mold, fungus spores, chemical vapors, and natural and synthetic irritants. After continued inhalation, they can irritate your body and can lead to illness. Homeowners can rid their homes of these contaminants and protect against future issues by taking advantage of our indoor air quality testing and improvement services.
Consider this: The American Lung Association reported that poor indoor air quality is among the top five environmental risks to the American public. This is due to the fact that the moist environment in an air handling system is a perfect environment for micro-organisms to grow, and then be distributed throughout the home. By assessing and adjusting your AC system, you can reduce these microbes in your system significantly.
The air quality in your home can be easily assessed by one of our trained technicians. Our knowledgeable staff has years of experience in dealing with air quality issues in Farmers Branch, Dallas and the entire North Texas area. We thoroughly test the air quality in your home and analyze all of the different factors that are contributing to poor air quality. We test for mold, bacteria, dust, allergens, toxins, chemicals, and fumes from products like cleaning supplies, carpets, finishes in the home, and a list of other materials commonly found in the home. We ensure that existing air systems are properly sealed, and find any way that you may be experiencing a polluted air environment.
When the time is right to have us improve the quality in your home, we only use superior products that are finely tuned to give you the quality of air that you and your family need for optimal wellness.
Air Patrol Air Conditioning uses products from Carrier; a leader in air quality improvement products, which include: Carrier Air Purifiers & Filters, Carrier Humidifiers, Carrier Preferred Whole-Home Dehumidifiers, Carrier Preferred Series UV Lamps, Carrier Preferred Series Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms, and Air Scrubbers.
When we say, ‘air pollution’ you probably imagine a smokestack belching out chemicals or a car exhaust spitting out dark smoke. But, according to the EPA, this picture isn’t wholly accurate. You’d have been closer to the truth if you’d imagined a suburban home surrounded by a white picket fence. You see, the air inside the average American home is actually 5-10 times more polluted than what’s outside. Guessing you’re safe in Farmers Branch? Think again.
If you’re ready to clean up your air, call Air Patrol Air Conditioning and ask about our indoor air quality (IAQ) services in the Farmers Branch area. For more information on solutions to the problem, read through this page in its entirety.
You’re probably asking how these contaminants get into the air in the first place. Radioactive radon seeping in from the soil, smoke from old cigarettes, off-gassing from fire retardant materials, and cleaning product vapors are just a few causes of indoor air pollution in Farmers Branch. Dust mites, mold, viruses, pet dander, and mildew also play a part. As homes become more energy-efficient and changing lifestyles lead many of us to spend more time indoors, poor air quality has become a public health crisis.
Indoor air quality is a big problem in the 21st century both here and abroad. As homes become better sealed against the elements, the importance of having clean air increases. Without you even knowing, your air duct system could be contaminated with particulates that are harmful to you and your family. Each time the HVAC system turns on, it can circulate dust, dust mites, animal dander, pollen, and bacteria throughout the air inside your home. Below are a few statistics that help drive home the seriousness of the IAQ crisis:
By selecting Air Patrol Air Conditioning to combat your air pollution problems, you and your family will reap a variety of benefits:
How do you know what services you’ll need if you don’t set a baseline? Our comprehensive air quality tests check your air for pollutants, VOCs, and humidity issues. Taking only 30 minutes or so, they’re a great option for people already getting work done by our HVAC experts.
Scheduling an air quality test will:
Air that’s too wet is not good for you. Bacteria, mold, and viruses thrive in environments above 60 percent humidity. The high humidity also enables these contaminants to stick around longer and cling to your household’s porous surfaces. In the summer, excess humidity leaves you feeling sticky and hot.
Dehumidifiers installed in your system:
Though not exactly an air quality service, dryer vent cleaning is an important part of homeownership in Farmers Branch. Every year, thousands of house fires are traced to a build-up of lint in either the dryer's trap or the pipe leading out of it. Luckily, our expert staff are equipped to truly remove all of this debris, making your home safer for you and your family. To schedule a dryer vent cleaning in Dallas or Carrollton, call 214.261.0034.Lessen Fire Risk
Looking for a way to keep your family healthy? The only filter that can capture something as small as a virus is a HEPA filter. While typically found in hospitals, residential home HEPA filters are available. However, HEPA filters restrict air flow, and cannot go directly in the return air stream back to the furnace. Instead, HEPA filters are installed in a ‘bypass’ loop in the return air ductwork. With each pass, some of the air is shunted into the bypass and is pulled through the HEPA filter by a separate fan in the HEPA unit before returning to the main air stream. This way the furnace fan motor always has adequate airflow and eventually all the air is purified by the HEPA filter. For more information on how these filters are a smart buy, reach out to us at Air Patrol Air Conditioning.
High-efficiency filters can help with:
Healthy air has humidity levels between 30 and 60 percent. A home that’s too dry deprives your nose and body of moisture needed by protective mucus layers and enables germs to travel farther. It also aggravates your throat and nose leading to allergy problems. Humidifiers, of which there are three main kinds, bring water into your home’s air to solve these problems. Letting Air Patrol install a whole-home humidifier will mean more comfortable living for you and your family.
Installing a humidifier in the Farmers Branch area will:
With a UVC Air Purifier (also called an Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation—or UVGI—air purifier) we harness the sun’s power to cleanse and put it in your ductwork. Per the EPA, ‘UVGI air cleaners are designed to use UV lamps to kill or deactivate microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, and fungal spores and fragments that are airborne or growing on surfaces.’ Typically, the application for killing microorganisms growing on surfaces is to keep the air conditioning coil above the furnace clean. However, if the purpose is to kill microorganisms in the air, the UVC Air Purifier is placed in the return air duct so that the air first passes through the UV kill zone before going through the filter or air cleaner.
Installing Germicidal lights in your ductwork will:
Air purifiers work by removing allergens, toxins, and pollutants from your air. Unlike humidifiers, they don’t emit anything and, to the uninformed, look like a heavier filtration system. While the Dyson air purifier may be sufficient for one or two rooms in your house, to purify your whole house, you’ll need a whole-house air purification system. Please note that these products require a forced-air system to operate effectively.
Having Air Patrol Air Conditioning install an air purifier for you in the Farmers Branch area will lead to:
To schedule your Air Quality Services in Dallas TX, just email us!Scrub Your Air
The desire to leak-proof our homes and seal up old ducts has compounded our air quality issues. Many modern IAQ issues could actually be fixed by bringing fresh air in. That’s where air exchangers (aka ventilators) come in. They use one fan system to blow indoor air out and another to pull outside air in. This stops pollutants from overstaying their welcome and alleviates many of the symptoms of "Sick Building Syndrome.”
Air exchangers offer the following benefits to people in the Carrollton area:
Over time, dust and germs build up in your home’s ductwork. Vacuuming your registers can help but won’t reach things deep inside your ductwork. Getting duct cleaning done every few years can help remove long-standing odors and remove the irritants caught by other items on this list.
Calling Farmers Branch’s duct cleaning experts will:
Sometimes a simple duct cleaning isn't enough to fix an air quality problem in Farmers Branch. Old ductwork develops leaks over time. Though usually thought of as a ventilation issue, this can have an impact on the quality of your air. Fortunately, Air Patrol is a full-service HVAC provider with the ability to repair, seal, and replace leaky ductwork.
Duct repair and sealing has a number of benefits in Farmers Branch, including:
For households with existing IAQ equipment, we also offer comprehensive maintenance and repair services. If you have a filter or humidity control system that’s not working right, give us a call at (214) 261-0034, so we can try and detect the problem.
At Air Patrol Air Conditioning, we’ve been helping homeowners with their IAQ problems since 2003. We will take the time to explain possible solutions and outline the costs ahead of time. Our HVAC company stands firmly behind the products we sell and are always willing to come back and investigate if air pollution issues recur. We service Farmers Branch, Dallas, Carrollton, and the surrounding communities. Therefore, if you're looking for an 'IAQ company near me,' you know you've come to the right place. Please reach out to us at (214) 261-0034 today to schedule an air quality test or to pencil in a humidifier quote or installation.
Yes, they do. Homes with exceedingly high humidity levels end up with mold, dust mites, and mildew. Houses with humidity that’s too low, meanwhile, experience dust and recurring sinus issues. Maintaining your home’s humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent keeps you in the “Comfort Zone.”Why Should I Care About My Home’s Air Quality?
Studies show that air in your home is likely more polluted than the air outside. No matter how tidy your house is, your air will still be filled with pollen, viruses, dust, and pet dander. Only installing an air sanitizer or UV germicidal lights in your HVAC system can truly expel these contaminants.What are the Most Common Air Pollutants?
The most frequently found contaminants in your home are relatively harmless except for causing discomfort to those who may be allergic. They include pollen, fabric fibers, dust, pet dander, and other common household particles.What Type of Furnace Filter Should I Use In My Home?
Start by determining how thick of a filter your system can accommodate. Most HVAC systems can’t accommodate filters that are more than an inch thick. We recommend using only filters with a particle removal rating of MERV 11 or higher. This is especially important if anyone in your home suffers from respiratory or cardiac disease.What’s “Sick Building” Syndrome?
If you’ve done any research on IAQ, you’ve probably seen references to Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). This term comes from a study where public workers in one building reported headaches, fatigue, nausea, nose irritation, and watery eyes. Researchers examined this building and found it to have a lot of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air. This case gave birth to the term and is now used as a diagnosis for someone who experiences air pollution symptoms at work and notices an immediate improvement upon returning home.Is There Anything I Can Do to Improve My Own Indoor Air Quality?
We recommend that homeowners who are concerned with the quality of the air they breathe take the following steps: